Level two Fine Arts student Harriet Bowman has joined forces with London based musician Ben Socrates to win a £1000 Ideas Fund Innovators award for their project titled ‘Field Song’, a sonic sculpture that generates music when viewers move around it.
Harriet discusses their design, “We are creating an interactive environment which is an experience dependent on and controlled by viewer interaction.” She adds, “Field Song takes the idea of generative music and adds a tactile visual element – a magnetised framework of hanging metal sculptures that repel from visitors passing through the space.” The intention is that the audience determines the music depending on the path they take through the room.
Ben initiates his musical talent by creating chords which harmonise with one another to create a perfect harmony which also has the ability to intensify and become over whelming. Ben is currently studying a Music Masters in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He specialises in classical and contemporary repertoire but also has a considerable background in jazz, world music and improvisation. He has written music for solo piano, chamber ensembles and electronics. Field Song represents a new challenge in composing with technology to produce generative music in a tactile space.
Wayne Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at UWE Bristol, said, “Like all true innovators, Harriet and Ben have come up with a hybrid concept with real impact. It fuses fine art, technology and music to broaden the audience’s awareness of what is possible. Recognition of our students through competitions and prizes is great testimony to their talent. The application process also provides the skills required to acquire funding for projects.”
Alex Gilkinson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education enthused, “We have some very talented students at UWE who are keen to make their mark. Our congratulations go out to Harriett and Ben for creating such a beautiful concept. The support from dedicated and inspiring lecturers continues to demonstrate how good teaching leads to many successes in competitions of this kind.”
The Ideas Fund Innovators is a UK based funding scheme for 16-25 year olds that aids to make ideas into a reality. The fund offers £1000 to designers of all creative disciplines. This freedom of a choice of combined disciplines has been ideal for Harriet and Ben to fuse their talents in both art and music. The money awarded by the fund will contribute to the production and promotion of the design with the intention of exhibiting the piece in Bristol, Brighton, London and beyond!
Field Song is a design that works with the concept of fascination and realisation for the viewer.
Harriet speaks out to other aspiring designers, “My advice is to apply to everything that appeals to you and if you get it then it’s fantastic but if you don’t then you will only learn from your mistakes.”
As an artist, Harriet is constantly thinking up new ideas for designs. She is currently working on a piece of her own which deals with similar concepts to field songs, working with space, audience interaction and tension.
For more information about the Ideas Fund Innovators or to follow Harriet and Benn’s blog please visit www.ideastap.com and search for the relevant tags.